Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Revelation as Renewal

“After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’” Revelation 1:1
Our reading this morning is from the book of Revelation. In it, John is given a glimpse of God’s throne and provides us with a vivid description. It is a regal throne surrounded by a rainbow that looks like an emerald and 24 other thrones where the elders sit. It is quite the picture, a throne room fit only for God.

What is interesting though is the fact that the door stood open. John does not say he saw the door swing open. He did not see an angel fiddling with keys as he tried to unlock the door. There was no combination code to be entered, no key card to be swiped. John looked. And he saw the door was open. Isn’t that wonderful!

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When we cry out for healing, when we pray for the Spirit to visit us, when we look at a broken world and shake our fists in frustration, we are directing our prayers and supplications and thanksgivings toward our God whose door is always open.
And when we wish to bring closer the kingdom of God here on earth by serving in our various ministries; when we go out into the world after our Sunday worship to spread the good news through our words and through our deeds, when we love as deeply as we can love, we are creating a relationship with God.
God is not hiding behind a wall or a door bolted shut. God is with us. God is beside us. God is within us. Our prayers are heard. Our actions are noticed. Seek out God for God is willing to be found.

The door is open. The threshold is ours to cross.
Post by Matt Handi

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